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[thejournal.ie] Legislation to address street trading of benzodiazepines ‘due in early 2013′. (19 Nov 2012)

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LEGISLATION THAT WILL address the street-trading of Benzodiazepines is expected to be brought in in 2013.

Deputy Róisín Shortall said last May that new legislation is being drafted that will make it illegal to possess benzodiazepines without authorisation.

The Department of Health said at the time that unauthorised benzodiazepine possession will be made an offence under the legislation. The move is to assist the Gardaí and the Customs Service in their enforcement role and in the prevention of street-dealing and illicit import of such drugs.

As Minister of State at the Department of Health at the time, Shortall approved the move to amend the Misuse of Drugs Regulations to bring in more controls on benzodiazepine medicines.

Deputy Shortall asked the Minister for Health in a Dáil question about the progress made to date on changes to regulations under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

The new Minister of State at the Department of Health, Deputy Alex White, informed her that the department of health is reviewing the Misuse of Drugs Regulations with a view to, amongst other issues, introducing additional controls on certain prescription drugs being traded illicitly, including benzodiazepine medicines.

 

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